Tag archives: books about disability

Friday, 14 September 2012

Books for children and young people featuring disability

I blogged about this only recently, but since then I have come across several new blogs and other resources.

This week I read My Brother Simple by Marie-Aude Murail. It is a wonderful teenage novel that gives a great insight into the impact of learning difficulties. That sounds very worthy, but the book really isn’t. It’s touching and funny. Highly recommended.

Disability is this month’s theme on the Playing by the Book blog. Alexandra Strick has written an excellent guest post on how books can help capitalise on the Paralympic spirit and build children’s awareness of disability. And this post reviews of lots of relevant books. If you scroll down the comments, there are extra suggestions.

A recent debate about this topic on the TES forum has led to this Pinterest board of disability awareness books.

These websites aren’t new, but are very useful:

Monday, 6 August 2012

Children’s books featuring disability

I blogged about children’s books with disabled characters nearly a year ago. All the sources of information I listed then remain valuable. Those of you interested in this topic may like to know of a few more.

The Nosy Crow blog has a useful article about deaf and blind characters in children’s fiction. It’s worth reading the comments too.

Alexander Strick’s blog for Booktrust on disability issues in children’s books is always pertinent.

Alex has also recently written a thought-provoking guest blog for the Scottish Book Trust on the need for more children’s books that include disabled characters in their images and storylines.

Just Because by Rebecca Elliott is one of my favourite recent picture books with a disabled character. It’s based on Elliott’s own two children, one of whom has severe special needs. Recommended!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Children’s books featuring disability

For anyone interested in children’s books and/or disability issues, ‘Ten of the best children’s novels with disabled characters’ in the latest edition of Books for Keeps is extremely valuable. Some of the books on the list are renowned, such as the wonderful Before I Die by Jenny Downham, but Rebecca Butler also includes less well-known titles. The majority of the books portray physical disability. Most are aimed at readers of eleven or more.

Scope’s In the Picture campaign raises awareness of the need to include disabled children in picture books. Everything on the site is useful, especially Positive storybooks featuring disabled characters.

Letterbox Library supplies a wide range of books with disability themes for children in the early years and key stages 1 and 2 (five to eleven year-olds).

Bookmark: Books and Disability is another helpful resource.

Healthy Books, which I have blogged about before, has listings of children’s books on a number of disability topics.

Good children’s books featuring learning disabilities and other special educational needs are celebrated annually in the nasen Inclusive Children’s Book Award, won this year by The Pasta Detectives by Andreas Steinhöfel. The other nasen awards are also well worth checking out.